June 27, 2013
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -A record 2,018 student-athletes earned spots on the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll for the 2012-13 academic year, the league office announced Thursday.
The honor roll topped 2,000 student-athletes for the first time in conference history, surpassing the record 1,985 that were honored in 2010-11. The 25-year-old award originated in 1988-89, when SoCon athletic directors established the honor roll prior as a way to recognize the league's outstanding student-athletes. The academic honor roll consists of student-athletes who participated in varsity sports at member institutions and posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher while passing at least 24 hours in two semesters of classes or its equivalent for other academic calendars.
Of those more than 2,000 student-athletes on the list, 894 earned the Commissioner's Medal, awarded annually to student-athletes who attain a GPA of 3.5 or higher throughout the year.
Of those, 70 student-athletes from Western Carolina earned the Commissioner's medal. Football's Conner Orrand men's cross country Josey Weaver each had a 4.00 GPA.
The Catamounts had a total of 140 student-athletes earn a spot on the SoCon Academic Honor Roll.
Football boasted the most student-athletes on the list with 300, followed by women's soccer with 230 and women's track and field and cross country with 211. The honor roll includes all 19 SoCon-sponsored sports as well as the non-sponsored sports of field hockey, lacrosse, swimming and diving, equestrian, rifle and sailing. League schools who sponsor swimming are members of the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association.